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Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


September 17, 2006

Bernard O'Callaghan

Program Coordinator - IUCN Viet Nam Country Program

Today's Date: 17 September 2006

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

2. Did you have a favourite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

Long summer evenings were spent on the rocky shores of coastal southern Australia. This lead to a love of the coast, rock pools and marine life..

Now? - Any wind-blown beach....

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favourite animal is, and why?

Seals...... So beautiful and graceful underwater..... On land a little goofy !! We all like familiar territory - but sometimes must spend some of our lives in places less comfortable...

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

- Greatest current challenge is the high level of consumption of resources in developed countries- with no change in sight. In developing countries, poverty / need for income for consumption is the greatest challenge......

- Responding to the change in the natural environment as a result of climate change due to over consumption...

5. If you could give everyone one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?

Tread lightly with a small footprint..

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